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What does good data management look like for a small-to-midsized business? What are some of the ways to get there? What benefits can SMBs expect if they execute to plan? This is the third in our series of articles that examines the ins and outs of data management for SMBs.

MSN Messenger flaw can disclose user data

Microsoft Corp. confirmed Friday that its instant messaging programs MSN Messenger and the Windows Messenger included with the company's Windows XP operating system can allow users' names and e-mail addresses, as well as those of all their chat buddies, to be viewed. The issue was first mentioned in an alert posted to the Bugtraq security e-mail list on Feb. 2.

Grand jury indicts Russian programmer

A U.S. grand jury indicted previously jailed Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov and his employer Tuesday on charges of trafficking and conspiring to traffic a copyright circumvention device, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

Oracle intensifies database war with 9i release

Oracle Corp. is set to launch a new version of its flagship database Thursday morning, a product that includes high-end features designed to help Oracle shore up its narrow lead against archrival IBM Corp.

IBM pays US$1-billion for database business

IBM Corp. said Tuesday it would acquire Informix Corp.'s database business, Informix Software Inc., in a cash transaction valued at US$1 billion.

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